It Can Help to Sing
“Because you have helped me, I sing in the shadow of your wings.”
Psalm 63:7 (NIRV)
The benefits of singing have been highlighted in the news this week. It is said that singing is therapeutic, especially for people in the midst of, or recovering from, crisis.
Verse 1 tells us that King David was in “this dry desert” when he composed Psalm 63. A likely setting for its composition is 2 Samuel 15, when David is in the wilderness after escaping from the rebellion led by his son, Absalom. All was not well in David’s personal life when he wrote the words, and yet his desire was to sing of God’s help and protection. David’s recent instructions were to “trust in him (God) at all times, you people. Tell him all your troubles. God is our place of safety” (Psalm 62:8).
David knew that faith was not just about the good times and about being delivered from problems, and that to sing to God when life is hard and uncertain was re-affirming and uplifting for the human soul. It brings to mind a much later time, when the imprisoned Paul and Silas “were also singing hymns to God” (Acts 16:25).
Of course we can’t all join choirs but it may be more possible than we think. In addition, maybe we don’t have great voices but that is not the point. Even if we’re just whispering the words and humming the tune as we sing along to inspirational music, or we’re beating the rhythm of grace in our minds, it’ll do. When, however, we get the chance, let’s sing our hearts out! Maybe society is catching up with a biblical nugget of truth: singing can be good for us.
In good times and in bad there’s a song to be sung. It doesn’t matter whether we think we sound tuneful or not, God accepts us as we sing in the safe shadow of his gracious wings.
Father, thank you for the gift of song, a gift for all seasons of my life, a gift that can lift me up when life is a struggle. In Jesus’ name.
Study by James Henderson
About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. This weekend James is speaking at our Birmingham church.
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